In the middle of the 19th century, Kristina and Karl-Oskar live in a small rural village in Smaaland (southern Sweden). They get married and try to make a living on a small spot of land. ... See full summary »
During the seventies there was a great frameshift of the Swedish healthcare system, resulting in the abandonment of the smaller rural hospitals in favor of huge centralized university hospitals.
One of these faceless novel temples of medicine is portrayed as the fictional "Enskede sjukhus".
At the center of this story is an old man who suffers a heart attack and then embarks on a journey which spans the endless miles of the hospitals corridors, shuffled from one ward to another as more and more diagnoses are filed into his journal.
The title "Babels hus" (trans. "The house of Babel") is a poke at the contemporary situation in a system where the mighty professors work under the same roof as the lowliest janitors but have lost the ability to understand one another.
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